Choosing what is better

Choosing what is better Prioritizing is perhaps the greatest of all Western philosophies. We, who are privileged to live in the Western world, have thousands of choices each day, from coffee to clothing to traffic routes to planning our day’s activities. Not to...

4 values moms need this school year

4 values moms need this school year It’s time for my yearly back-to-school blog—the kind that gets you misty-eyed and nostalgic about where the time has gone. Your baby is going to kindergarten. Your baby is going to middle school. Your baby is going to high school....

What does Charlottesville mean?

What does Charlottesville mean? I feel like I should say something about Charlottesville, but I hardly know what. Charlottesville is a charming, eclectic red-bricked hill town that today is known for something horrendous. Charlottesville is America in a teaspoon....

A surprising benefit of grief

A surprising benefit of grief This weekend, I built another bridge between life and death. Between loneliness and memories. Between grief and joy. I did it by stripping a 150-year-old dresser. Which is exactly what my mother would have done, except she would have...

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